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turbulence here in washington tonight. >> as the faa began furloughing air traffic controllers and the flight delays began. the finger pointing quickly followed. >> as a result of administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. >> congress had an opportunity but republicans made a choice. and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as, and i'm quoting republicans, as a victory for the tea party and a home run. >> if the blame was partisan, the pain was not. long lines and missed connections raised bipartisan concerns with republican and democratic senators asking the transportation secretary and head of the faa how much funding do you need to avoid furloughing air traffic controllers and to keep the contract air traffic control towers open and what could you cut from other accounts to avoid or reduced air traffic controller furloughs and contract closures and there were bipartisan proposed solutions. >> what i believe is there ought to be postponement of these furloughs to give all of us
healthcare. >>> cancellations are piling up at the airports. there are 124 delays across the country. the faa and airlines say the delays are the result of budget cuts and furloughs forced by the federal sequester. yesterday more than 1,200 flights were delayed. about 10% of the faa's air traffic controller's work force were required to take an unpaid day off. joining me now, the president and chief executive of airlines for america. thank you for your time. >> thank you for having me. >> i've seen a couple of reports disputing whether these delays we saw yesterday were normal. some allegedly weather-related. as i understand it, you believe. >> not all of them are because of the sequester. we're keeping as close track as we can based on the information from the faa. which are sequester-related and which are not. the point is these delays are increasing today as we speak and we think will continue based upon the fax's forecast to snow ball as time goes on. >> can you give me a percentage, at least today, for example? i said there are about 1,200 flights delayed. do we know what percentage you believe were canc
that faa staff have had to be furloughed, then you may well be looking for someone to blame. and luckily enough, republicans are at the ready and know exactly who's responsible. >> as a result of the administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. the faa's mismanagement of this issue is a source of bipartisan frustration. our goal here shouldn't be to score political points on the backs of weary travelers. it should be to fix the problem. >> let's see. our goal here shouldn't to be to score political points. since when did mitch mcconnell outgrow his need to scoring political points? and isn't this what republicans have been doing for the last five years? but today, this very broadcast, has become the victim of the ludicrous sequester. because we've been in discussions with representative january schakowsky of illinois, who this week is promoting a bill that would put 50,000 public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, back to work. it is the exact opposite of the sequester and seemed like a
at the airport. the f.a.a. imposing furloughs on thousands of employees. those cuts are being blamed on sequester. guess what? delays, delays, delays. >>steve: with fewer workers responsible for the same number of planes that means you're going to have to wait. here now stuart varney, we're not going to make him wait. the scare quester didn't work. now what they're trying to do is inflict pain. people are going to sit on planes, they're going to call their congressmen. "you've got to do something about it! " >> that's right. quick pop quiz. did you know the f.a.a., the people who run the air traffic system, this year they will spend $500 million on consultants, $325 million on supplies and travel, $474 million on grants to make communities more livable and sustainable. >>steve: are you saying there's money available where they don't have to furlough those guys? >> exactly. why don't you take some of that money and put it into the air traffic controllers' bucket so we don't have to have these delays? because the president says we don't have the flexibility. we cannot redirect spending. not allowed
is the faa is overall budget is higher than a year ago. >> that's right. >> neil: so there's been no huge personnel overall hit and a huge agency you can cut a lot of. >> in our editorial today, we pointed out they just expended $500 million for a program of sustainable cities. don't know what that money is being used for but i bet the american people are saying, don't cut the air traffic controllers, cut that program. there's a lot of flexibility the administration can be use. i think it's a political ploy, and you asked the question, who is going to win? i don't think the american people are going to be too happy with the president because he is furloughing. >> neil: such a pleasurable experience going to the airport. steve moore, thank you very much. one senator is offering the president a way around the furloughs. >> name one suspected terrorist, three public defenders, lots of angry taxpayers. @ >> neil: might not be an enemy combatant about dzhokar tsarnaev will be armed to the teeth. not one, not two, but three public defenders defending them, and the criticism of the presiden
about. the faa, the fbi, national institutes of health. the best way that mitch mcconnell and republicans can help us deal with this, is to support our legislation that would replace the sequester in a balanced and targeted way. >> we all hear about budget cuts and maybe some jurisdictions are blame things on the sequester. but just the other night i heard from a former senate staffer, she's a mom, two little girls, about deep cuts which are shutting down right here in the district of columbia, all the musical, music and art teaching in a particular school, a very special school. so are jurisdictions beginning to blame this on the sequester? is this really the sequester kicking in? >> well, look, there's no free lunch at the end of the day. the reality is, we can and should make cuts wherever possible. if there's waste in the budget, it should be eliminated, we should find efficiencies. but as i indicated, two years ago we cut over $1.2 trillion from this whole portion of the budget. that goes to things like head start. that goes to early education. that goes to spe
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